Set up an office hockey pool by first deciding to track the pool manually or with a third-party pool site such as OnlinePools.com, PickupHockey.com or OfficePools.com. Create entries for each participating player, determine the points for correct predictions, and set a prize for the winner.
If you decide to track the office hockey pool manually, decide if you want to use a paper system or spreadsheet. Spreadsheets allow you to quickly update and modify entries as well as share them across all participants. In either case, the system begins by setting a points system for correct predictions and establishing a schedule for comparing player entries to the outcomes of the hockey games. Designate a clear win condition, such as the player with the most points or the last player left in an elimination pool.
When using a third-party office pool site, look for features specific to hockey to make the process easier to track. For example, PickupHockey.com offers historical player performance statistics to help participants make predictions. Similarly, OnlinePools.com contains features for managing hockey players per participant team, similar to fantasy hockey. Many sites also include weekly summary reports and emails. In all circumstances, you must choose a clear reward for the winner or winners, such as a cash prize from a buy-in on the pool.